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Do I want her to be killed? It’s so strange that it makes me curious enough to give them a reread at some point, despite Like other folks I know and respect on Goodreads, I loved the opening, titular story but found the rest of the book to be middling. Plus, as a fan of edgy and strange work, I’m thrilled that a guy like Saunders is out there, serving as a gateway of sorts between mainstream society and an entire rabbithole of basement-press bizarro titles that’s geotge waiting for newly inspired fans to sauneers down.

Sea Oak is the subsidized apartment complex they live in, with a view of the back of the FedEx. Works by George Saunders.

Pastoralia by George Saunders

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Storiesshort stories Lincoln in the Bardonovel. View all 23 comments. Their endings are not uplifting. Even a little bit. Get to Know Us. Should I give more stars to a happier book? One example of this is that “The End of FIRPO in the World” might be the most sobering story about children and the internalisation of neglect and abuse ever written–it is all the more powerful for not shying away from the inherent absurdity of “being anything at all” here on Earth.

I think his editor made a mistake placing this in the first position. I forgot I was reading because I was so engrossed in the tales Saunders was weaving. Though George Saunders uses it as the title of a story set in a theme park, it could also be his wry comment on the circumstances of the unnamed narrator, whose job is to impersonate a caveman. You manage to find the bottle of DFW and admire ;astoralia fancy bottle with its fancy label and its curlicues and veorge and excellent leading.



If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? I don’t even object to the repetition, but when I read it all back to back the relentless pessimism and bitterness overtook the comedy and I found myself just plain depressed.

We follow them to places like Sea Oak, with “no sea and no oak, just subsidised apartments and a rear view of FedEx”. Saunders is many things but he is, thankfully, never glib.

It’s so strange that it makes me curious enough to give them a reread at some point, despite the less than flattering description I’ve just given.

The stories are heavy on social satire and existential queasy uneasiness, both of which are in general pluses for me and I found myself sporting a wry smile, though notably never wood, at several moments during the proceedings.

The New York Times. There is something off about the worlds Saunders creates. Lenny Boy Peter E.

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Lists with This Book. If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation. And was the sommelier there helpful? Pastoralia is a collection of six short stories, and they pastoalia some of the weirdest, bleakest, and most feorge ones I’ve ever encountered. Make a tax-deductible donation today Donate Today!

Four stars for excellent writing, originality and memorable, though disturbing perspectives on humanity. Information on this can be found at http: The stories in Pastoralia are set in a slightly skewed version of America, where elements of contemporary life have been merged, twisted, and amplified, casting their absurdity-and our humanity-in a startling new light. The stories are heavy on social satire and existential queasy uneas This might just be the epitome of-what Justin Isis refers to as “White Dad Fiction”, though I’m not sure if this is precisely the sort of thing he had in mind with that designation.


Their anxieties, while sometimes leading to paralysis, are a sign, at least, of their humanity, and because the reader shares those anxieties on some plain family, love, sickness, death, moneythe stories are more than just bravura pieces. See all reviews. His thesis advisor was Doug Unger. Di Saunders, appena uscito in Italia, avevo letto Dieci dicembre. Doing consistently good work? Almost two decades before George Saunders published the everybody’s-talking-about-it book, Lincoln in the Bardo, he published Pastoralia.

I found it a difficult place to be, however rewarding.

It made me hopeful to read Lincoln in the Bardo. But then again, we perhaps shouldn’t blame Saunders for this; as I’ve talked about many times here in the past, it seems that no indignant artist was able to write satirically about Bush in the middle of the Bush Years without producing an overly obvious ranting screed, whether that’s Saunders or George Clooney or Michael Moore or Robert Redford. Those of you who have no need to be worried should not in the least be worried.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sometimes she comes to me in dreams. I’m hesitant to recommend this, unless you’re a reader who likes to smack your shoulders up against the edge, or if good writing supercedes all else for you. The Babies JoAnna Wool. In PastoraliaSaunders has created a series of near-future worlds sprinkled with Dystopian and Horror elements, in which the voyeuristic tendencies and indiscriminately exploitative undercurrents of modern society are heightened in such a way that they become grossly comical.